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Cowboys' defense on pace for historic worsts under Kiffin
VALLEY RANCH After getting mauled by the Lions surrendering a franchise Authentic Justin Ellis Jersey worst 623 yards the Dallas Cowboys defense now ranks 32nd and dead last in the NFL.
"From a pass defense standpoint, we can't give up that many yards and that many plays," said head coach Jason Garrett.
"We let them score, we let them move the ball," said linebacker Sean Lee, "and at the end of the game, when we have a chance to win, we give up a bunch of big passes again and that's unacceptable."
Unacceptable, yes, but surprising, absolutely not.
Take a look at the numbers below. They show how the Cowboys have been torched through the air these season.
These numbers are significant because they're unprecedented. It's the first time in NFL history a team has given up that many 400 yard passing games in a season, and its only half over. The Cowboys could double Justin Ellis Womens Jersey up the old record with the Saints' Drew Brees and the Packers' Aaron Rodgers on the upcoming schedule.
The defense is also wildly inconsistent, playing well against the pass in the other four games against passers that aren't as accomplished:
Those numbers are acceptable, but far outweighed by the big numbers. And because of that, the Cowboys are on pace to give up 5,060 passing yards this year. That would be another NFL all time worst.
When you're give up historically bad passing numbers, the first finger of blame points at the secondary. And while there's certainly plenty of guilt to go around there, consider the lack of pressure up front as another culprit.
In the four 400 plus passing yard games the Cowboys have allowed, Dallas has averaged a little more than one sack 1.25 per game to be exact. In the four others, they racked up nearly four sacks a game 3.75 per game.
The plan for defensive improvement this season was built on staying healthy and implementing defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's 4 3 scheme. Halfway through the season, according to the numbers at least, the plan needs some serious re working.